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secret ballot

a vote in which the confidentiality of how one votes is safeguarded.
Origin of secret ballot
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I move that it be taken by secret ballot," exclaimed Zabern.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • "There is no decision so fair as by a secret ballot," said Harding.

    The Comstock Club Charles Carroll Goodwin
  • The mode of election was by the legislature and secret ballot.

  • secret ballot or no secret ballot, the organization's going to win.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The Board is elected annually by secret ballot by and from the operatives in the eleven different departments of the mill.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker

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